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PaddleQuest 1500 Expedition Paddling & Camping Kit

By on April 11, 2016

We’ve gotten a few requests to see my packing list for PaddleQuest 1500- I’m happy to oblige! Thanks again to all my wonderful sponsors for making this trip possible.


PaddleQuest 1500 Expedition Paddling Kit


  • Wenonah Canoes Voyager 17’6” kevlar 32lbs
  • Stellar Kayaks S18R 18’0” Soric cored fiberglass 38lbs


  • Stellar Kayaks Small Wing Carbon
  • Werner Paddles Powerhouse Kayak Carbon Straight Shaft
  • Werner Paddles Cyprus Kayak Carbon Neutral Bent Shaft
  • Werner Paddles Bandit Canoe Carbon Spoon Blade

Paddling Apparel

  • NRS H2Core Rashguard
  • NRS Hydroskin Shirts Long and Short Sleeve
  • NRS Hydroskin Pants and Shorts
  • NRS Hydroskin Jacket
  • NRS Payette Paddling Jacket Short Sleeve
  • NRS High Tide Paddling Jacket Long Sleeve
  • NRS Endurance Paddling Pants
  • NRS Navigator Semi-Drysuit
  • NRS Flux Drytop
  • NRS Sidewinder Bibs
  • NRS Wavelite Expedition Weight Union Suit
  • NRS H2Core Expedition Weight Crew Top
  • NRS H2Core Expedition Weight Pants
  • NRS Axiom Gloves
  • NRS Hyrdoskin Gloves
  • NRS Hydroskin Forecast Gloves
  • NRS Toaster Mitts
  • NRS Expedition Sock with HydroCuff
  • NRS Boundary Sock with HyrdroCuff
  • NRS Velocity Paddling/Portaging Boots
  • NRS Crush Paddling Shoes
  • NRS Mystery Sea Hood

Paddling Gear

  • NRS Zen PFD
  • NRS PFD Hydration Pack
  • NRS Co-Pilot Knife
  • NRS McNett Aquaseal Urethane Repair Kit
  • NRS Wedge Throw Bag 55’
  • NRS Deluxe Boat Sponge
  • NRS Coil Paddle Leash
  • NRS Taj M’Haul Deck Bag
  • NRS Hydrolock Map Case
  • NRS Nylon Cockpit Cover
  • NRS Drylander Shockcord Sprayskirt
  • NRS Hydrolock Grommeted Dry Bag
  • Salamander Tow Belt and Throw Bag
  • Paddle Float and Bilge Pump
  • Air Horn
  • Shred Ready Paddling Helmet
  • Wind Paddle Canoe and Kayak Sail
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear Roll-Top Stuff Sacks
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear Stuff Sacks

Portage and Carry Gear

  • NRS Yak Yak Boat Cart
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear 5400 Porter Pack with Stuff Pocket

Navigation, Safety, Communication, Electronics, Video

  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail Guidebook, Maps and Companion Guide
  • Maine Island Trail Association Guidebook and App
  • Brunton 58 Kayak Deck Compass
  • UST See-Me Select LCD Rescue Light
  • Air Horn
  • Signal Mirror
  • VHF Radio
  • DeLorme/Garmin inReach Explorer Satellite Communicator
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPhone 6S
  • ECase iSeries Cases for iPad and iPhone
  • Mophie Powerstation
  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver
  • Canon G10 Camera
  • Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panels
  • Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

First Aid and Repair

  • Adventure Medical Kit “Enhanced”
  • Boat and Gear Repair Kit

PaddleQuest 1500 Expedition Camping Kit

Camping Apparel

  • NRS Guide Pants and Shorts
  • NRS H2Core Expedition Weight Crew Top
  • NRS H2Core Expedition Weight Pants
  • NRS H2Core Lightweight Hoodie
  • NRS High Tide Paddling Jacket Long Sleeve
  • NRS Endurance Paddling Pants
  • Crocks
  • Smartwool Socks
  • L.L.Bean Down Jacket
  • EMS Techwick Midweight Base Layer Tights
  • Eddie Bauer First Ascent Skull Cap
  • Eddie Bauer First Ascent Gloves

Camping Gear

  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Shelter System (1.87 lbs!)
  • Thermarest Antares 3-Season Sleeping Bag
  • Thermarest NeoAir Xlite Max Sleeping Pad
  • PTEC Vizz Headlamp
  • GSI Collapsable Java Dripper
  • PackTowl Ultralite Hand Towel
  • MSR HyperFlow Microfilter Water Filter and Maintenance Kit
  • MSR Dromlite Water Bags
  • MSR MicroRocket Stove
  • MSR ISOPRO 8oz. Fuel Canisters
  • MSR Ultralight Kitchen Set
  • MSR Titan Fork & Spoon
  • MSR Quick 2 System Pots, Dishes, Mugs
    PQ1500 Camping Kit-1 (1)
  • Folding Saw
John Connelly
Kayaking in Maine

In April of 2016, I’ll launch on a 75-day river/ocean odyssey that will carry me over 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes, and 1500 miles. As leader of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools for 10 years and a former member of the US Canoe & Kayak team with numerous whitewater first-descents to my credit, I believe I am uniquely qualified to meet this challenge.

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